Deschutes

Beer in Bend

I’ve been waiting for a vacation for long time. We enjoyed ourselves so much in Bend last summer, we booked the house again with my parents. We met them at the rental house on Friday afternoon. It was a long drive for them (from Seattle) but they were excited to do it. Logan did pretty well in the car and slept for the first two hours or so, then he was fussy.

Friday we unpacked and then got some groceries.

We ended up getting pizzas for dinner and eating them outside on the deck. It was a nice, warm evening. The birds were chirping and there was an owl somewhere nearby.

Michael had gotten us some beer at Growler Phil’s (our favorite place) and we enjoyed some Boneyard RPM and then Logan went to bed and Michael and I got to relax in the hot tub for a bit before bed. It was nice and relaxing!

Saturday we got up early and had breakfast. Eggs, hashbrowns, sausage and lots of coffee.

Then made sandwiches headed up Mount Bachelor for a hike.

We chose Todd Lake. The reviews were great and it looked like a really nice hike (easy) for Logan.

It wasn’t very crowded, which was good, and we let Bella free-roam since we were basically the only hikers on the trail. We usually don’t do that but Bella LOVED it. She was doing zoomies up and down the trail. She did GREAT off leash.

It was 60 degrees and sunny. Not too cool, so that was nice. We set out on the trail and had amazing views of Mount Bachelor.

I LOVE the trees in Bend.

Logan did SO good hiking! He usually only has about 1 mile, maybe less in him when we do the neighborhood walks and then he’s done and wants to be carried. BUT he’s getting too big for his carrier and doesn’t want to be in it for long. I brought it just in case. He ended up walking about 1.6 miles before wanting to be carried. I put him in the pack for a bit, then he wanted to walk again, then he wanted to be carried. Then we were done. 🙂

The plan was to hike to Todd Lake and have our picnic lunch there. But we got to the lake, which was beautiful, and did part of the lakeside trail then encountered too much snow and lost the trail. We decided to turn around and go back. And by then it was too early for lunch.

So we went to Columbia Park in Bend and Logan played on the REALLY cool pirate kids toys, we walked by the river,  and then we had our picnic lunch there.

Then home for nap. Logan crashed and slept for over 2 hours. (YAY!) So Michael and I got to escape for a little bit while my parents hung out at the house.

We went to Cascade Lakes Brewery for some samples. We’ve driven by it a million times on the way to snowshoeing but never stopped. It was nice sitting outside in the sun and checking it out.

We got back to the house and Logan was still napping so I got to relax in the hammock in the yard for about an hour before he woke up. Then we went to downtown Bend for a bit.

It was a lot of stuff and I think we were allllll tired. LOL. Dinner:

Burgers on the grill, hot tub and early to bed. ZZZZZ

Feast PDX

Michael and I have wanted to check out Feast for a few years now…a huge foodie event here in Portland that attracts chefs from all over the country to come here and showcase their art. Unfortunately it usually fell on a weekend we weren’t available. Like when we were busy getting married. 🙂

Well for our 2nd wedding anniversary we got tickets to THE event! An evening with Franklin’s BBQ! All the way from Austin, Texas. We went to Franklin’s on our first trip to Austin a few years ago and it was AMAZING. How could we pass up another chance to have it–in Portland AND without standing in line for hours. 🙂

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My parents came down from Seattle to stay with Logan. Michael surprised me last year for our anniversary with a gift card for the hotel we stayed in on our wedding night, The Paramount. Life got in the way (and a baby) and we didn’t get a chance to use it. This weekend seemed like the perfect time to use it! So for our 2nd anniversary we stayed downtown and ate amazing BBQ. This post is all about our adventure.

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Feast isn’t just a foodie event. Proceeds also go to charity, too, which is a good thing!

The Feast event was “intimate” — about 100 tickets or so. The food, drinks, gratuities, and desserts were all included in the ticket price. We got there a little before it started at 4 on Friday and once we got in we got in the drink line.

The bar offering was small, but that was ok. It was partly sponsored by Buffalo Trace and Deschutes beer and then local wine too.

We both got the IPA beer (it was pretty decent, not my favorite but good) and Michael later got the Session (I did NOT like that at all). It was happy hour for a bit while people mingled and found seats on the picnic tables.

There was also chocolate made with tallow and BBQ spices made by Franklin. I didn’t know it at first. I just grabbed a piece of chocolate and was surprised it was kind of salty and spicy. I liked it a lot and then Michael later told me what it was made with! Shock!

We got seats kind of in the middle and we just chilled and enjoyed our drinks in the sunshine and chatted with our “neighbors”. It was super fun meeting new people and talking about Franklin’s. We made a friend, Patrick, who had moved here from the Philippines for work and he was really friendly and we had a great time talking about food events and the NW.

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The vibe was really FUN! It was sunny, hot, there was a DJ there spinning records of old-timey country music (mixed in with some Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton). It was just a really fun time.

Aaron Franklin was really friendly and outgoing and made the rounds welcoming people, thanking them for coming, asking if we were having a good time. Then he made a quick speech and said “let’s eat!”

We got in line for the food and chatted with people in line with us (just like the experience in Austin where we talked to the people who lived there). At least this time we didn’t have to stand in line for 90 minutes to get food. 🙂 AND we were guaranteed food so no worry about them selling out like it did in Austin.

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Your food porn photos:

So the dinner was a “sampler” plate but the portions were really generous! It was a lot of food! There was a rib, that if you picked up the bone the meat just melted off (seriously). There was a piece of sauce, some pulled pork (it was the best pulled pork I’ve ever had) and then of course, the melt-in-your mouth brisket that was like eating butter.

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Dream come true! We got to eat Franklin’s BBQ again!

Dessert was provided by Tillamook Ice Cream. There were three flavors:

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Wow were they good. I’m not a coffee ice cream fan but this was so smooth and mild it was absolutely delicious. Even someone who is not a coffee fan would like it. The marionberry custard was the best of the three. It was smooth and creamy and had chunks of marionberries and I think rice krispies in it. Finally, there was the chocolate with chocolate chunks. Also amazing.

Towards the end of the event celebrity chef Hugh Acheson showed up. That was really cool. We’re both fans and love Top Chef so it was cool to see him in person. He was doing one of the other Feast events the next day, apparently.

We got to chat with Aaron and take some photos at the end. That was great. He was so friendly and nice. Michael got to talk to him about Austin and grilling and I got to take pictures. 🙂

To be continued….